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Barone heads for Channel

Tracy Barone is leaving her year-old production VP post at Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s Aerial Pictures at Columbia Pix to join Ned and Nancy Graham Tanen’s Channel Prods. as senior VP of production.

Barone will remain in her present post until her contract expires at the end of this month. She will join Channel, which is based at Sony Pictures Entertainment under an overall deal, at the beginning of January.

Nancy Graham Tanen said Barone will be involved in all aspects of development and production at the company. Tanen previously worked with Barone for two years at Ray Stark and Dan Melnick’s former joint partnership Rastar/IndieProd.

“Tracy is an extremely creative executive, I think one of the best in the business,” said Tanen. “She has great instincts, writers love working with her and she will be a great addition to our team. We’re committed to making three or four movies a year and we expect her to make significant contributions in all areas.”

Channel is developing a number of projects, including Mark Steven Johnson’s adaptation of Dean Koontz’s latest novel, “Dragon Tears.”

It’s also prepping its first movie, “Cops and Robbersons,” a spec script by Bernie Somers that the company preemptively bought in August.

Production is to get under way for TriStar early next year.

Since a year ago November, Barone has worked at Aerial initiating, developing and packaging feature film and television projects.

Among the movie projects she has brought in are Columbia’s comic book-to-big screen action adventure “Men in Black” and a thriller set in the world of “smart drugs.”

While at Aerial, Barone also has been developing series with Columbia Pictures TV, including an untitled Alan Cross and Tom Spezialy pilot for NBC and “Flat Stanley,” a children’s book being developed for a half-hour live-action series.

Before joining Aerial, Barone worked as VP of creative affairs for three years at Rastar, where she was involved in such projects as HBO’s “Barbarians at the Gate,” Universal’s “Benjamin Button” and Paramount’s “Harriet the Spy.”

She and Graham Tanen had worked together on the Rastar/IndieProd movie projects “Pin Cushion” and “Renegades.”

Barone’s collaboration with Ray Stark began when she was a story analyst at TriStar Pictures.

She entered the entertainment field working for director Susan Seidelman in New York. She also served as an entertainment consultant for the New York Times Magazine and previously worked as a journalist, playwright and Off-Off-Broadway producer.

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